Aviat's R&D increase paying off

16:00, Apr 03 2014

United States technology firm Aviat says its decision to increase the size of its New Zealand research and development team has paid off following encouraging uptake of a new product.

Aviat has grown its workforce in Lower Hutt from 60 to 100 over the past four years and would be looking to fill another 12 vacancies this year, New Zealand site manager Matthew Durkin said.

The Nasdaq-listed company, which employs about 1000 staff worldwide, last month released the first in a new product family of energy and space-saving microwave radio transceivers, developed at the Lower Hutt facility during the past two years.

Product line director Matthew Hansen said Aviat had received early orders from mobile network operators in Russia and Chile following trials.

Durkin said Aviat would continue to invest in the facility as a centre of excellence for software development. Hansen said it was a big fan of Victoria University's software engineering degree.

Aviat has seen its share price halve on the Nasdaq over the past year, but the New Zealand subsidiary's revenues grew 15 per cent to US$31.6 million (NZ$36m) in the year to June 2012.